Xan Aranda is an award-winning filmmaker, consultant, and speaker with clients ranging from Nike to the U.S. Department of Education, record labels, advertising and branding agencies, producers of documentary and fiction films, and festivals.
Her concept and craft of the album trailer for Grammy-nominee Neko Case has been viewed over 133,000 times since its debut. The trailer was positively received and aggregated by Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, CMJ and numerous others, and lauded as having "heart and soul."
Xan's directorial debut, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, premiered at Lincoln Center with the New York Film Festival and screened in over 90 festivals. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a gently illuminating look at a brilliant maverick musician... captured with grace and delicacy", Fever Year received nine awards, and is her fourth collaboration with Andrew Bird.
With Kartemquin, Xan is directing Mormon Movie, inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s. This feature-length documentary is slated for release in 2016.
Xan Aranda is a Producer of the award-winning 2008 Kartemquin release Milking the Rhino. She also served as Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past, directed by Gordon Quinn, and handled broadcast of both films on PBS.
Films by Xan Aranda
- Milking the Rhino 2008
- Associate Producer
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